Introducing Sarah Schmidt, CMAG’s new Director

With a regional gallery pedigree, topped off by diplomatic cultural relations, Sarah Schmidt brings a unique perspective to the Canberra Museum and Gallery, that positions the gallery within a broader lens.

A former director of the Hamilton Gallery in Victoria, deputy director at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, director of the Post Master Gallery and Ararat Gallery (both in regional Victoria) – not to mention a stint in Beijing as the Australian Embassy’s cultural diplomacy manager – Sarah Schmidt is well situated to take on the top job at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).

Having started in the job this month, Schmidt said the most important thing in his role is ‘being real; being true and authentic.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina